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It is with great excitement that we can announce that the Canadian Olympic School Program has partnered with Canadian Tire’s ACTIVE AT SCHOOL movement with the aim of getting kids across the country active for 60 minutes a day through new classroom resources.

 

Students will be introduced to various sports included in the summer and Winter Olympic Games, learn about their history and develop an understanding of the Olympic values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect. The resources include:

  • TGENA Teacher’s Guide that contains helpful tips on motivating student fitness, and making physical activity fun;
  • A Canadian Olympic Activity Tracker that offers students a place where they can record their daily physical activity. The Activity Tracker is organized into three sections: Gold, Silver and Bronze. These represent the three categories of exercise recommended in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines: strengthening activities, moderate activities and vigorous activities. It also encourages students to try new activities; and
  • Canadian Olympic Activity Challenge Cards that feature an Olympic or Pan Am sport. The sport is described in basic terms, including its origins and inclusion in the Olympic Games. Each sport profiles a featured country that is associated with the sport and a featured Canadian athlete. The Canadian Olympic Activity Challenge Cards also include a follow-up classroom activity, which allows teachers to connect the activities to language, arts or social studies learning. The current cards feature the sports of fencing, badminton, rugby, canoe/kayak, swimming, softball, speed skating and athletics.

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To access our free resources for viewing and downloading, please click here.

 

2014-2015 Canadian Olympic School Program Resources

With the success of the Canadian Olympic Team at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games still fresh in the minds of Canadians across the country, this year’s edition of the Canadian Olympic School Program includes five new athlete stories (available for three separate reading levels), telling the tales of friendship, excellence and fair play that captured our nation’s attention in February. Additionally, this year’s program continues the emphasis on mental fitness, building on the original Be a Champion for Life resources from past years.

 

Dominique Maltais – Determination (Now Available – Click Here)

Following snowboarder Dominique Maltais from her Bronze medal win in Turin, through an injury-filled Olympics on home soil in Vancouver, to her remarkable comeback Silver medal success in Sochi, Dominique’s story demonstrates to students how determination can allow you to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of determination.

 

Gilmore Junio and Denny Morrison – Friendship (Now Available – Click Here)

Telling the remarkable story of selflessness in which Gilmore Junio gave his spot competing in the 1000m long-track speed skating event in Sochi to Denny Morrison, allowing Denny to race his favourite event and win a Silver medal, this story teaches students how friendship and selflessness can ultimately lead to remarkable outcomes for all involved. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of friendship.

 

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec – Excellence (Now Available – Click Here)

Recounting the journey of biathlete Jean-Philippe Le Guellec from nearly quitting at an early age to becoming one of the best biathletes in the world, Jean-Philippe’s story showcases excellence as a personal journey that is achievable to everyone who puts in the hard work and does the best they can do. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of excellence.

 

Justin Wadsworth – Fair Play (Coming Soon)

When he helped out a Russian competitor in Sochi, Canadian cross-country skiing coach Justin Wadsworth redefined the meaning of fair play at one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Justin’s story demonstrates that while winning is often viewed as the only important goal in sports, acts of sportsmanship are those that are remembered for years to come. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of fair play.

 

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir – Teamwork (Now Available – Click Here)

From their unforgettable Gold medal victory in front of hometown fans in Vancouver, to their incredible Silver medal and subsequent retirement from competitions in Sochi, ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s story of over a decade of partnership is a wonderful exploration of the importance of respect and trust that go into making a good team. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of teamwork.

 

Be a Champion for Life: Energy Gains and Energy Drains (Coming Soon)

Building on the successes of past Be a Champion for Life resources, Energy Gains and Energy Drains explores the concepts of positive vs. negative energy sources, and provides concrete examples and ways for students to surround themselves with supportive influences. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3) and Silver/Gold (Grades 4-8) components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities teaching them how to promote positive influences while avoiding negative ones.

 

To learn more about the Canadian Olympic School Program, please click HERE.

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Canadian Olympic School Program
21 St. Clair Avenue E., Suite 900
Toronto, ON Canada, M4T 1L9

Telephone: (416) 324-5003
Email: cosp@olympic.ca

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